Voting in New Mexico
Upcoming Elections and Deadlines in New Mexico
If you're registering by mail, your voter registration must be postmarked by 10/11/2022.
If you're registering in person, your voter registration must be received by 11/08/2022.
The deadline to register to vote online is 10/11/2022.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by mail, it must be received by 11/03/2022.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by hand, it must be received by 11/03/2022.
You may not be able to request an absentee ballot online in New Mexico.
If you're returning your completed ballot by mail, it must be received by 7:00 pm 11/08/2022.
If you're returning your completed ballot by hand, it must be received by 7:00 pm 11/08/2022.
Voter Registration In New Mexico
Who Can Register In New Mexico
To register to vote in New Mexico, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of New Mexico
- Be at least 18 years old, or turning 18 by the election
- Not have been declared “non-compos mentis” or “mentally incompetent” by a court of law
- Not have been convicted of a felony, or have been convicted but have completed all terms and conditions of sentencing
You must register to vote at least 28 days before the election you wish to vote in, or you can register during early voting (see more under “Election Day Registration”).
New Mexico Election Day Registration
If you’re eligible to vote in New Mexico but have not yet registered, you can register and vote at your county clerk’s office during the early voting period (until the Saturday before the election). New Mexico does not offer same-day registration on Election Day.
You can pre-register to vote in New Mexico if you will turn 18 by the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
New Mexico does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. The right to vote is automatically restored once a resident has completed the court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In New Mexico
Where To Vote In New Mexico
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
All voters are eligible to vote absentee/by mail in New Mexico; no excuse is needed.
Early Voting In New Mexico
New Mexico offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins the 28th day before the election and ends the Saturday before the election. Expanded early voting is available in many counties beginning on the third Saturday before the election.
Primary Elections In New Mexico
New Mexico has closed primaries. Voters registered with a particular party may only vote in that party's primary. 17-year-olds can vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In New Mexico
Additional New Mexico Resources
Your State Election Official
New Mexico Secretary of State
Maggie Toulouse Oliver
Phone number: 505.827.3600